‘Welcome to Medicare’
The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have a free “Welcome to Medicare” online workshop for individuals turning 65 and those who already have Medicare to learn about the different insurance options available, including “Original Medicare,” Medicare prescription drug programs, Medicare supplements and Medicare Advantage plans.
The session will be held from 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through computer and telephone access.
The session is designed to explain and clarify the Medicare signup process and educate attendees on how to make smart choices.
Space is limited and reservations are required.
For more information or to make a reservation, call 336-748-0217 or email [email protected].
Free ‘Medicare 101’ seminars scheduled
McCall Insurance Services will hold free in-person and online “Medicare 101” seminars at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. May 5.
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The seminars explain Medicare’s programs and are for anyone turning 65 or on Medicare. Topics include the basics of Medicare, such as signing up for Medicare Parts A and Part B.
The sessions will also explain Part C and Part D.
The seminar is for information only, and no solicitations will be made.
Registration is required and can be made by calling 336-766-1885 or emailing [email protected] for details. You may attend in person or receive a link to securely connect to the meeting, or go to www.mccallins.com.
Trellis offers advance care planning sessionsTrellis Supportive Care is offering free in-person and online advance care planning sessions.
The in-person session will be at 1 p.m. on the first Wednesday of each month at Trellis Supportive Care, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, in the ECC Conference Room.
The online session will be via the Zoom video-conferencing platform at 1 p.m. each Tuesday.
Attendees will be able to complete their living will and health-care power of attorney. Completing these documents will allow someone to be your voice if you can’t speak for yourself about your health care.
For more information or to register, email [email protected] or call Karen Lawler at 336-331-1232.
You can learn more about advance care planning by visiting www.Gotplans123.org.
Literacy project needs volunteers
Read Write Spell needs volunteers to serve as tutors to school students. Training, support and all of the tools necessary for success are provided.
A one-hour online information session will be held at noon May 10 on Zoom.
For more information or to register, visit www.readws.org/becomeatutor.
VFW honor guard needs volunteers
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Memorial Honor Guard needs volunteers to help render military honors for deceased veterans from all branches of the military.
The honor guard is also active with color guard missions at schools, churches, retirement centers and other civic events.
Uniforms and transportation are provided.
Members must be honorably discharged from military service.
For more information or to volunteer, call Cliff Harris, quartermaster, at 336-403-8756, or email [email protected].
Shepherd’s Center to hold annual book sale
The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will hold its 35th annual used book sale from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. May 5, 6, and 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 in the Education Building at the Winston-Salem Fair-grounds. The entrance for parking is through Gate 5 on Deacon Boulevard.
Thousands of used books and other items will be available.
Proceeds of the sale benefit the ministry’s programs and services for older adults in the local community.
For more information, call the Shepherd’s Center at 336-748-0217 or visit www.shepherdscenter.org.
Free Medicare workshops set
Community Senior Benefits, 3195 Maplewood Ave., Winston-Salem, will have free Medicare 101 workshops at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays in its board room.
Topics will include Medicare costs, how to avoid penalties, prescription drug coverage and types of Medicare Supplement and Advantage plans.
Meetings are limited to 10 people.
For more information or to reserve a spot, call 336-986-3836 or email [email protected].
Meals-On-Wheels drivers sought
Senior Services needs volunteers to deliver hot, nutritious meals to older adults enrolled in its Meals-on-Wheels program. There are 77 open routes available.
Volunteer opportunities are flexible. Deliver any day, Monday through Friday, between 9:45 a.m. and noon, once per week, once per month, or anything in between.
Safety protocols are in place with online options for application and orientation. Delivery routes take 60-90 minutes.
For more information, visit seniorservicesinc.org or contact Britnee Tellez at 336-721-3411 or [email protected].
Group opportunities for Meals-on-Wheels
Senior Services has several opportunities for corporate, civic or faith-based groups to adopt a specific day, to deliver meals once or twice a month.
Meals are delivered between 9:45 a.m. and noon, and most routes can be delivered in 60-90 minutes. Safety protocols are in place.
This is a chance for your organization or group to help support one of Senior Services’ most urgent needs. For more information contact Britnee Tellez at 336-721-3411 or [email protected].
Hospice agency needs volunteers
Mountain Valley Hospice & Palliative Care needs volunteers to help deliver compassionate care to patients at the end of life. Mountain Valley serves 18 counties in North Carolina and Virginia.
Volunteers are needed for such activities as reading or singing to patients, caregiver respite care, running errands, being a good listener and emotional support.
There is also a need for licensed or certified volunteers to provide such specialized services as art, massage, music and pet therapies. Hairdressers and notaries are also needed.
Most volunteers must complete a training program, pass a background check, and meet other requirements, depending on their volunteer role.
For more information or to volunteer, contact Heidi College at [email protected] or 336-917-8550.
Kernersville Shepherd’s Center needs drivers
The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville needs volunteer drivers to assist our organization with transportation services as well as visitation/companion sitting volunteers to help with home support services.
At The Shepherd’s Center of Kernersville, we serve adults who are aging and/or disabled. For more information or to volunteer, call Claire Winfrey at 336-996-6696.
RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors seek help
The RSVP AmeriCorps Seniors (Retired and Senior Volunteer Program) is looking for volunteers age 55 and older, in-person and online.
Volunteer opportunities include:
Virtual Reading Buddy (afterschool setting): Must have a computer, internet access and strong computer skills. Online Reading A-Z software and training will be provided.
In-person reading buddies for students in pre-k through third grade.
Food Pantry Assistants: Assist with packing food boxes and distributing to clients from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Mondays and/or Fridays.
Food Pantry Clerical Assistants: Must have strong computer skills and input client data. Volunteers are needed for 3 hours on Mondays and/or Fridays, noon to 3 p.m.
Drivers are needed to transport clients to medical appointments for partner agencies in Winston-Salem and Kernersville.
For more information or to volunteer, email Patricia Gilliam at [email protected] or call 336-269-2762.
SECU Family House needs volunteers
The SECU Family House needs groups and volunteers to provide meals to families staying at the house while receiving medical treatment.
These dinners provide much-needed support to adult patients and their caregivers who are away from home for medical care.
The food needs to be prepared off-site and dropped off at the house. Having the meals at the house allows the families to avoid going to restaurants or grocery stores.
To see details, a list of available dates and more information about volunteer opportunities, go to www.familyhousews.org/serve-a-meal or call 336-793-2822 or email [email protected].
Medicare info sessions planned
Blue Moon Benefits Group is holding free “Welcome to Medicare” webinars and seminars throughout the Triad area each week.
These meetings cover a variety of topics related to enrolling in Medicare and also provide a basic understanding of Medicare coverage options.
The meetings are free and open to the public, but advanced registration is required for any in-person sessions.
For information about upcoming sessions and to register, go to www.MyMedicareClass.com or call the Clemmons office at 336-778-1070.
April events at the Shepherd’s Center
The Shepherd’s Center of Greater Winston-Salem will have these activities during April.
Unless otherwise noted, contact Kristin Larson at [email protected] for more information. Many of the activities will be in person at the Shepherd’s Center, 1700 Ebert St., Winston-Salem or are available on Zoom.
10 a.m. Mondays: Line Dancing for Fun and Fitness: Line dancing is a unique form of physical, mental and emotional wellness exercise. The cost is $7.
Noon Mondays through Wednesdays: Artistic Expressions art show viewing. View the artwork of our Artistic Expressions artists (formerly Adult Coloring). Some artwork is for sale and a portion of the proceeds will be donated to the Shepherd’s Center. Free.
9:15 a.m. Tuesdays: Tai chi for older adults with Misako Kay. A $2 donation is requested.
Noon Tuesdays: Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention with Wanda Patterson. A $2 donation is requested.
2 p.m. Tuesdays: The Shepherd Center Singers. Donations encouraged. For more information or to join, contact Carmina Jenks at [email protected].
Noon Wednesdays: Tai Chi for Body, Mind and Spirit at Miller Park shelter 10, beside shelter 1. Sandy Seeber is the instructor. The cost is $4 for Shepherd’s Center members and $5 for non-members. Social distancing and masks are required. For more information, contact Seeber at [email protected] or 336-409-8591.
1:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Artistic Expressions (formerly Adult coloring). Free.
1:30 p.m. Wednesdays: Fellowship and games. Free.
10:30 a.m. Thursdays: Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention with Wanda Patterson. A $2 donation is requested.
Noon Thursdays: Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention Forms 1 and 2 with Wanda Patterson. Must have previous Tai Chi experience to at-tend. A $2 donation is requested.
1:30 p.m. Thursdays: Beginners Chess with Paul Sluder. Free.
4 p.m. Thursday: Get strong and healthy playing pickleball. Dr. TJ McClurg with Personalized Physical Therapy and Wellness will have an informational session on pickleball. It will be at the Mary Alice Warren Community Center, 7632 Warren Park Lane, Lewisville. Free.
Samaritan Ministries seeks help with meals
Samaritan Ministries needs volunteers for several areas, including the kitchen area to package and serve meals for lunch and dinner.
Under guidance of local and state health officials related to the COVID-19 pandemic, all lunches at Samaritan Ministries are being served to-go. Shelter guests, who undergo careful daily screening, continue to eat meals in the dining room.
The weekday lunch shift for volunteers is from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and the dinner shift is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The Sunday lunch shift is 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and the dinner shift on Saturdays and Sundays is 4 to 7 p.m.
Volunteers must be 13 or older, agree to a liability waiver and adhere to strict sanitation guidelines that include wearing a mask, frequent hand washing, and appropriate distancing as recommended by health officials.
Samaritan asks that people who are at higher risk talk with their medical provider about volunteering.
Samaritan Ministries is located at 414 E. Northwest Blvd., Winston-Salem.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, go to samaritanforsyth.org.